The Teach .b course is a four day teacher training course which prepares participants who have met the prerequisites to teach the 10-lesson .b curriculum in schools or other settings to young people in the age range 11-18 years old. This is a training course for both school teachers and non-school teachers alike. In fact, we have trained many people in other professions such as Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Well-being and Yoga teachers, medical staff, students, business people and also those without professions at the moment.
Over the 4 days, participants will be taught the lessons in ‘real time’ by experienced Mindfulness in Schools Project trainers. There will then be opportunities to discuss the pedagogy of each lesson and how it can best be taught to a group of young people in different settings. There will also be opportunities to work with other participants guiding them, and being guided by them, the main mindfulness practices from the lessons. At the end of the course, participants will hopefully feel confident and ready to teach the lessons to young people. They will also be part of a network of .b teachers, supported by Mindfulness in Schools Project and will leave with access to the following materials:
- Student Booklet
- “How to teach .b” Manual
- Teacher’s Notes on each lesson
- Powerpoint slideshow of each lesson
- A period of complimentary membership of the MiSP Teachers’ Network (an optional £75 +VAT annual fee is due thereafter)
PLEASE NOTE: .b should not be taught as a public course, ie publicly advertised and taking place outside the context of a school, sports club or other educational or youth-related organisations. Please contact us if you have any questions about this or go the FAQ page for more information.
Which prerequisites do I need to teach .b and why?
The .b curriculum, as with all the main mindfulness programmes, is expected to be taught only by those who regularly practise mindfulness themselves. Teachers are required to have done at least the equivalent of an 8-week training course in mindfulness such as Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), or our 8-week .b Foundations course, as well as practising mindfulness themselves on a regular basis for 6 months following the end of the 8 week course. Please see our formal list of prerequisites for full details.
Research shows clearly that mindfulness is more effective when taught by those who embody the particular qualities it develops, such as open-minded curiosity, kindliness, acceptance, trust, patience, and non-striving, and who have skills of focusing, and paying and switching attention.
Teachers of mindfulness need to be able to model what they are teaching, and to understand and relate directly and empathically to experiences their students may be having from a solid base in their own life. (Similarly, you would not expect a teacher who had never been in water to teach swimming effectively!)
How do I get started?
The first thing to do is either find an external mindfulness course such as MBSR or MBCT, or if there is interest in your school or organisation, please click here for more information on organising a taster session and 8-week .b Foundations course for staff.
Do you offer free places on courses?
As a charity we are delighted to be able to offer a number of free and reduced price places on some MiSP training courses to schools who have above average numbers of pupils receiving Free School Meals. For more information about MiSP supported places click here.